DAILY NEWS Jan 10, 2013 6:41 AM - 0 comments

Asper's Fantasy Sports Specialty Channel Approved by CRTC

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Fight Media Inc. has been given approval by the Canadian Radio television and Telecommunications Commission to operate a fantasy sports TV channel, allowing viewers to create, trade and discuss players on imaginary teams.

The English language Cat B channel, named The League, will provide real-time fantasy statistics and fantasy pool standing and rankings.

No more than ten per cent of the channel’s programming during a broadcast month can be comprised of live pro sports coverage, but studio call-ins and talk shows will allow viewers to discuss their fantasy picks and drafts.

Fight Media is controlled by Leonard Asper, son of the late Izzy Asper, founder of CanWest Global. Closely held Fight Media already operates Fight Network, a specialty channel devoted to "combat sports" such as mixed martial arts.

The CRTC will issue a licence once at least one distribution deal has been inked, and a launch date for service has been announced.

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